Definition of hotfoot in English:


Syllabification: hot·foot
Pronunciation: /ˈhätˌfo͝ot


[with object] (hotfoot it) [with adverbial of direction]
Walk or run quickly and eagerly: we hotfooted it after him
More example sentences
  • Mildly depressed, Taylor hotfooted it to Caithness for a bit of regenerative soul searching, and was introduced to MacKay through a mutual friend.
  • They had hotfooted it north in their hundreds to record the first sighting of a rare Snowy Egret on the Isle of Seil, near Oban.
  • In no mood to argue, I hotfooted it off the train at the next station.
informal tear, belt, scoot, clip, leg it, go like a bat out of hell, bomb, hightail it
archaic hie


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In eager haste: he rushed hotfoot to the planning office to object
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  • He will arrive in Bradford on Avon hotfoot from Highgrove where he will have donned the garb of Father Christmas for the Prince of Wales's Christmas party.
  • Ophelia, a spy herself, comes hotfoot to tell of Hamlet's first piece of odd behaviour.
  • British withdrawal from ‘East of Suez ‘brought the Soviet navy hotfoot into the Indian Ocean, not least from Vladivostok.’

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